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UEL cancels alternative G20 summit
'Duty of care' cited as university scraps event amid security concerns. Melanie Newman reports. The Times
[31st March 2009]

Students at home 'to cut costs'
Many students are opting to stay living at home, with more than a third saying they will base their university choice on cost, a survey suggests. BBC News
[31st March 2009]

Students missing out on bursaries
University students from low-income families in England are failing to claim bursaries and scholarships, according to an official report. BBC News


[26th March 2009]

Science research threatened by new funding rules
Britain's largest research council is to "blacklist" academic researchers who submit three unsuccessful research proposals in any one year and have a low personal success rate of winning grants. The Guardian
[26th March 2009]

Leadership comes at a premium
Vice-chancellors' salaries have risen, but so have the demands of the job they do and the economic challenges they face. The Times
[23rd March 2009]

Student hardship pleas 'increase'
There has been a big increase in the number of university students across the UK applying for emergency hardship funds, research by the BBC suggests. BBC News
[23rd March 2009]

Teachers becoming the worst cheaters in school exams
Invigilators accused of 'over-aiding' pupils in maths, English and science tests. The Independent


[19th March 2009]

Welsh top-up fees grant scrapped
A grant which off-sets the cost of student top-up fees in Wales will be phased out from September 2010. BBC News
[19th March 2009]

Colleges face £100m projects loss
Colleges in England have indicated they face losing more than £100m because of delays in getting funding they say was promised for refurbishment. BBC News
[19th March 2009]

Bright graduates shun finance for careers in the classroom
The credit crunch is helping to produce a new generation with a greater sense of moral purpose, a headteachers' leader said yesterday. Young people are turning their backs on the pursuit of money-making careers, John Dunford, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, told the annual conference of secondary school heads. The Independent
[18th March 2009]

NUS proposes tax on graduates
A graduate tax to replace the current system of tuition fees and student loans is being proposed by the National Union of Students (NUS) as a way out of the government's dilemma over the rising costs of higher education. The Guardian
[18th March 2009]

Universities push for higher fees
Many universities in England and Wales want a sharp increase in tuition fees, a survey by BBC News has concluded. BBC News


[17th March 2009]

UUK report on fees sparks accusations of arrogance
Scenarios that include a doubling of tuition costs lead to outcry over vice-chancellors' 'fantasising'. John Gill reports. Times Higher Education
[17th March 2009]

Oxbridge universities fail to enrol ethnic minority students
Oxford and Cambridge universities are still failing to increase significantly the number of places given to ethnic minority students, despite being given nearly £1m a year each by the government to widen access.The Guardian
[17th March 2009]

Problems in university admissions
School allocations may be getting all the attention at the moment but a metaphorical bomb is quietly ticking away under this year's university admissions. BBC News
[17th March 2009]

Barriers rising between business and universities
Key policy of businesses working with universities at risk from red tape and overvaluing IP, says report.
[13th March 2009]

New head of St Andrews complains of red tape
Harvard academic Louise Richardson, who will be installed as the first female principal of St Andrews University this month, has said she is "surprised" by the amount of bureaucracy involved in the running of a British institution. The Guardian
[12th March 2009]

Lib Dems declare their opposition to higher education expansion
The Liberal Democrats signalled their opposition to the expansion of university education at their spring conference in Harrogate. Times Higher Education
[12th March 2009]

Lifelong learning threatened by funding change
Universities are closing or reviewing the future of their lifelong learning departments, blaming the "progressive withdrawal" of government funding for adult education classes. Times Higher Education
[12th March 2009]

Wanted: £1bn to save economy
Ministers consider call by elite universities for spin-out cash, reports Anthea Lipsett. The Guardian
[10th March 2009]

Liverpool may axe subjects with poor RAE showing
Staff suspect die has already been cast for probability, politics and philosophy departments. The Guardian
[10th March 2009]

Fast-track teacher training offered to ex-City workers
High-fliers who lose their jobs in the recession will be able to retrain as teachers in just six months - to the fury of teacher unions who said the profession could not be "picked up at the drop of a hat". The Guardian
[10th March 2009]

Universities share £8bn funding
There are winners and losers as England's university funding council allocates money for 2009-10. BBC News
[5th March 2009]

Top universities face cuts in research funding
Top universities including Imperial College London, University College London and Cambridge face substantial cuts this year after losing out in the allocation of £1.6bn of research funding. The Guardian
[5th March 2009]

Just eight colleges get go-ahead for rebuilding
Building plans worth £5.7bn for 144 further education colleges will continue to be frozen for lack of funds, the skills secretary John Denham admitted today. The Guardian
[5th March 2009]

The long and winding road to an MA in Beatles songs
Liverpool Hope University launches UK's first master's course in fab four studies. The Guardian
[4th March 2009]

Paul Wellings appointed as head of 1994 group
The 1994 group of small research-intensive universities has appointed Prof Paul Wellings, vice-chancellor of Lancaster University, as chair for the next three years. The Guardian
[2nd March 2009]

MPs attack top universities for failing to open doors to poorest students
Leading universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, are failing to shed their elitist image, according to a report by MPs which reveals that a £400m drive to encourage people from the poorest backgrounds to go to university has resulted in only a marginal increase in applications. The Guardian
[26th February 2009]

Bursaries 'have no effect on university choices'
The elaborate system of university bursaries has no effect on student choices at age 18 and the government needs to concentrate on inspiring younger teenagers, the head of the body responsible for widening access to higher education warned toda. The Guardian
[25th February 2009]

Denham: More vocational degrees are needed
Current system does not supply students or employers with the skills they need, says universities secretary. The Guardian


[25th February 2009]

New visa rules 'could damage higher education'
Vice-chancellors fear unexpected rise in student visa fees will put off overseas students in what is an increasingly competitive recruitment market. The Guardian
[24th February 2009]

Education and health prepare for squeeze on public spending
Schools, universities and hospitals are preparing for cuts to public spending on a scale not seen since the 1980s, amid warnings that the government's bail-out of the banks will severely compromise the financing of health and education services for years to come. The Guardian
[24th February 2009]

Obituary : Lord Dearing
The civil servant whose report recommended that students should pay for their university education has died. The Guardian
[23rd February 2009]

Apprentices target 'to be missed'
The government will miss its target of 130,000 apprenticeships being completed every year by 2010-11, the Tories say. BBC News
[23rd February 2009]

Huge increase in demand for postgraduate degree courses
A dramatic rise in applications for postgraduate degree courses as the recession bites is being reported by universities. The Guardian
[18th February 2009]

'Paying college fees is the last thing on their minds'
A fall in the number of adult learners could see colleges forced to hand back funding. The Guardian
[17th February 2009]

More hope to study at university
The number of people wanting to study undergraduate courses at UK universities this autumn has risen by 8% on last year, figures show. BBC News
[17th February 2009]

Universities 'face bankruptcy' because of delayed debate on tuition fees
Universities are facing bankruptcy because the government has delayed a debate about whether to raise tuition fees, the most senior civil servant for science and research has said. The Guardian
[13th February 2009]

MPs hear that debt is students' main headache
Lectures based on PowerPoint slides and chaotic timetables were among the complaints students levelled at universities this week when giving evidence to a committee of MPs. Times Higher Education
[13th February 2009]

Poachers eye rich pickings amid the RAE's pockets of excellence
Modern teaching-led universities are likely to face a battle to retain their research stars as recruitment activity picks up in the wake of the research assessment exercise. Times Higher Education
[13th February 2009]

IT and libraries prioritised as UCU considers strike tactics
The University and College Union will target universities' IT infrastructure and libraries in any industrial action over pay this year, say documents obtained by Times Higher Education. Times Higher Education
[13th February 2009]

Half graduate recruiters cut jobs
The number of UK graduate vacancies this year is expected to be down for the first time since the 2003 dot.com collapse, a survey of recruiters shows. BBC News
[11th February 2009]

Threat of fee increase recedes
The BBC's Mike Baker on the government's fee review. BBC News
[11th February 2009]

Lib Dems promise to scrap tuition fees
University tuition fees would be scrapped under the Liberal Democrats, the party promised today. The Guardian
[10th February 2009]

£250m expansion plan for Magee
The University of Ulster has announced a £250m plan to expand its Magee campus and increase student numbers by 2,000. BBC News
[10th February 2009]

'Credit crunch' aid for graduates
Graduates from a leading UK university are being offered £2,000 to stay on and do research rather than try to find their first job during the recession. BBC News
[10th February 2009]

Academic freedom under threat, say Cambridge dons
Cambridge dons are accusing the university of trying to change its centuries-old constitution to make it easier to sack and silence them. Times Higher Education
[9th February 2009]

Funding council grant repayments will also hit Kingston and Portsmouth
Kingston and Portsmouth universities have confirmed that they are among the institutions that must repay part of their teaching grant to the Higher Education Funding Council for England after underreporting the number of students who failed to complete courses. Times Higher Education
[9th February 2009]

White, middle-class families dominate top university places
White, well-off middle class families still exert a stranglehold over places at the top universities, despite the millions of pounds spent encouraging the poor and moderately well-off to apply, new research reveals.
[5th February 2009]

Post-92s say part-time enrolments are falling because of unfair policy
A decline in the number of part-time students is the result of an unfair funding regime, it was claimed this week. Times Higher Education
[5th February 2009]

Fall in UK university students
The number of British students at UK universities has fallen for the first time in recent history. BBC News
[30th January 2009]

All excellence is guaranteed cash
All research judged to be "internationally recognised" or better in the 2008 research assessment exercise will receive public funding, wherever it is found and in whatever discipline, funding chiefs have confirmed. Times Higher Education
[29th January 2009]

University's 'future in doubt'
MPs have warned that the future of a university is in doubt as it faces the repayment of over £50m, after an audit found "incorrect data" on students. The Guardian
[29th January 2009]

Cash for university arts research under threat
Funding for research in university science departments and medical schools is being safeguarded at the expense of arts, humanities and social sciences, the Higher Education Funding Council for England announced today. The Guardian
[29th January 2009]

British degrees are out of date, vice-chancellors admit
The British degree classification system is out of date, vice-chancellors admitted today, calling for more complete records of students' skills and achievements. The Guardian
[29th January 2009]

Government raises funding to £7.8 billion
Funding for higher education will increase to just over £7.8 billion next year, the Government has said. The settlement, which was unveiled in the annual grant letter released today, is up from about £7.1 billion this year. Times Higher Education
[27th January 2009]

Universities dread recession in China
The possibility of China going into recession poses a "cataclysmic" threat to global higher education, Prof Malcolm Gillies, vice-chancellor of City University, London, warned today The Guardian
[27th January 2009]

University red tape: Regulation, regulation, regulation
A new report suggests bureaucracy in universities has fallen ... but has anybody noticed? The Guardian
[27th January 2009]

Government raises funding to £7.8 billion
Funding for higher education will increase to just over £7.8 billion next year, the Government has said. The settlement, which was unveiled in the annual grant letter released today, is up from about £7.1 billion this year. Times Higher Education
[23rd January 2009]

Nurture new talent, RAE panels say
A lack of funding for new research talent and universities' failure to nurture the newest academics were criticised by subject panels reviewing submissions to the 2008 research assessment exercise. Times Higher Education
[23rd January 2009]

Innovation policy ignores the arts and humanities, study finds
The Government's policy on supporting innovation ignores huge parts of the UK economy by focusing too heavily on science and technology, according to research by the University of Warwick.
[23rd January 2009]

UK's alumni donor numbers stay static
The proportion of alumni prepared to make a donation to their alma mater is static despite a ratcheting-up of effort by university fundraisers, according to a new report. Times Higher Education
[23rd January 2009]

Virtual learning 'slow starter'
The use of online materials to help students with their lessons has been "slow to take off", a report from Ofsted inspectors has said. BBC News
[19th January 2009]

Worries over college fund 'gap'
The future of higher education in Wales is uncertain, if a core funding gap between Welsh and English colleges is not tackled, a group of MPs has warned. BBC News
[19th January 2009]

Training too complicated and wasteful, say MPs
A powerful committee of MPs have today accused the government of spending millions of pounds on qualification employers do not want and do not understand. The Guardian
[19th January 2009]

Doreen Lawrence opposes NUS reforms
Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, has been drawn into a political row in the National Union of Students over black representation in a proposed new structure for the organisation. The Guardian
[19th January 2009]

Happy to be here
Times Higher Education's annual Student Experience Survey highlights a host of institutions bent on making the university experience first rate in every way. Times Higher Education
[19th January 2009]

Steering QR cash to elite could be a 'mistake'
Research funding should be spread across a much wider range of universities than just the traditional research elite, an exclusive analysis suggests. Times Higher Education
[19th January 2009]

Journal authors must also post to Wikipedia
An academic journal has introduced a requirement that academics post their research findings on Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia that anyone may edit. Times Higher Education
[13th January 2009]

Vouchers for students at heart of call for reforms
Australian plan would see cash follow learners in a bid to boost participation. Times Higher Education
[5th January 2009]

'Give students smart drugs on demand to aid study'
The government and the medical profession should "seriously consider" making cognition-enhancing drugs available to students without prescription, or allowing them to be prescribed for non-therapeutic purposes. This is the view of John Harris, professor of bioethics and director of the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation at the University of Manchester. Times Higher Education
[5th January 2009]

School-leaving age may rise to 18 in effort to tackle unemployment
The government is considering raising the school-leaving age to 18 immediately, as a way of combating the huge rise in unemployment, particularly among the young, that it expects to see this year. The Guardian
[5th January 2009]

RAE reviewers accused of going over the top on scores
Concerns have been raised that reviewers for the research assessment exercise have been "too generous" in awarding the top grade. Times Higher Education
[5th January 2009]

RAE: Last-minute change left gaping hole in information
League tables cannot show true picture because all data was not provided, writes Ian Postlethwaite. The Guardian
[18th December 2008]

Taking a punt on the future of the RAE
When the grant letters come out, the true impact of the exercise will come to light, says Eric Thomas. The Guardian
[18th December 2008]

RAE 2008: The results
As the findings of the final research assessment exercise are released, Times Higher Education has devised tables of excellence to rank institutions according to their subject successes and their overall quality. Times Higher Education
[18th December 2008]

RAE 2008: results for UK universities
Rankings for UK universities in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008. The Guardian
[18th December 2008]

2008 RAE confirms UK's dominant position in international research
Results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise show that 54 per cent of UK research activity falls into the top two grades of 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'. Times Higher Education
[18th December 2008]

Make or break week
The fate of thousands of academic careers and the finances of a fair few universities will be sealed this week after a seven-year hiatus. On Thursday, the results of the sixth, and last, research assessment exercise (RAE) will be announced. The Guardian
[16th December 2008]

The crucial years for widening access
Are school sixth forms 'even less socially inclusive than universities'? A new report calls for a debate. The Guardian
[16th December 2008]

Steve Smith to be president of Universities UK
Prof Steve Smith, vice-chancellor of the University of Exeter and chair of the 1994 group of small research-intensive universities, will be the next president of vice-chancellors' lobby group, Universities UK. The Guardian
[16th December 2008]

Student loan options considered
Plans to start replacing student loans with grants are among three options being considered as part of a shake-up of student support in Scotland. BBC News
[16th December 2008]

Universities 'may face deficit'
Serious concerns have been raised about the future financial sustainability of the UK's universities. BBC News
[10th December 2008]

Season's greetings from HERO
A festive message from the HERO Ltd team.
[5th December 2008]

RAE results may not reflect true quality of UK research, warns chair
Academics should be "very careful" in the conclusions they draw from the research assessment exercise about the quality of research in their disciplines, the chair of an assessment panel has warned. Times Higher Educatio
[5th December 2008]

Study challenges claims of Islamic extremism among students
British universities are not hotbeds of Islamic radicalism, despite fears about the rise of "campus extremism", a new study argues.
[5th December 2008]

Devolution 'creates university funding gap'
English universities moving ahead in research funding and income, finds new report. The Guardian
[5th December 2008]

Weaker pound could attract more overseas students
Universities could benefit from the economic downturn as more overseas students choose to study in Britain because of the weaker pound, the British Council will claim today. The Guardian
[5th December 2008]

University spin-outs spot spin-offs from recession
The government is counting on universities to help the country recover from the economic downturn. The Guardian
[1st December 2008]

Fraud and loophole for non-doms put student grants under scrutiny
The government has ordered a crackdown on fraudulent grant claims amid concerns that some students are fiddling their applications to qualify for thousands of pounds in grants. BBC News
[27th November 2008]

Space research centre to open near Oxford
European Space Agency project will focus on space exploration, robotics and climate change. The Guardian
[27th November 2008]

Call to scrap student fees limit
A think-tank is calling for the scrapping of limits on university fees - allowing universities to charge students thousands more each year. BBC News
[26th November 2008]

Trivia pursuits
Everything you ever wanted to know about UK universities is revealed in an anniversary booklet. The Guardian
[26th November 2008]

Science students from top universities earn the most
Graduates earn hugely different salaries depending on what subject they study and which university they attend, new research has found. The Guardian
[26th November 2008]

Welsh students may be forced to pay fees
Welsh students who choose to stay in Wales to study may have to pay tuition fees if suggestions to abolish grants are accepted. At present, Welsh students are effectively exempt from top-up fees if they stay in Wales because they receive a non-means tested grant of £1,890. The Guardian
[26th November 2008]

Oxbridge plans to accept Diploma
The universities of Oxford and Cambridge are to accept a Diploma qualification in their admissions. BBC News
[24th November 2008]

Newcastle University builds Malaysian campus
Newcastle University today started building a campus in Malaysia where its degrees will cost two-thirds of their UK price. The Guardian
[20th November 2008]

Open University appoints Microsoft boss
The Open University has appointed a Microsoft boss to be its fifth vice-chancellor. BBC News
[20th November 2008]

Welcome to the University of ... Scarborough?
England's education cold spots jostle to get on the higher education maps. The Guardian
[20th November 2008]

Leicester reaches for stars as new build totals £1bn
Described as one of the biggest building programmes ever undertaken by a higher education institution, the University of Leicester has announced an additional £786 million for its "campus plan" as part of a bold ambition to move into the top 10 of British universities. Times Higher
[20th November 2008]




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